Sir Francis BaconSir Francis Bacon, (1561-1626) Philosopher, British Lord Chancellor

Sir Francis Bacon Quote

“Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.”

Sir Francis BaconSir Francis Bacon
~ Sir Francis Bacon

Norvum Organum (1620)

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

A broad maxim from a narrow observation  sometimes accurate. Man also proffers belief to acquire an advantage, power, justification / rationalization, material increase, image, position, etc. Truth, at law and otherwise is an absolute, no matter one's preferred belief. I think Sir Francis Bacon prefaced the statement well when interjecting the defining word  "prefer". 

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

Only boys prefer, men believe the actual fact of want is true. Sorry to say Mr Bacon, in this contribution, did not distinguish between boy and man. This is common problem with our social environment


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